I adopted both of my guys as adults and now that they’re fully enjoying their golden years at 10 and 11 years old respectively, I’m learning all about why having a senior cat is the absolute best
1. You Will Discover a New Side of Your Cat
Both of my cats have really changed as they have aged. Lyle was always a high-high-high energy cat who had a whole bunch of love to give—and who needed a whole lot of attention too. As he’s aged, he’s slowed down significantly and this mellowing has created the sweetest cuddle monster I’ve ever met. Conversely, my super shy guy, Lincoln, has come out of his shell in his advancing age and his timidity has faded to the background as he learned how to play and hunt and be a bit of a goofball. It’s amazing what a long-term, safe home will do for a formerly terrified cat.
2. Old Man Noises
My older cats have lost the self-consciousness of youth and they don’t seem to mind making a variety of funny old-guy noises. From snoring and snorting while asleep, to making little chirpy noises when dreaming, to responding with a weird “MRUMMMP” noise whenever you disturb one of their many naps, these guys are just comfortable being in their own skin. It’s completely hilarious. You do you, old guys!
3. Senior Cats Just Get It
Senior cats really know how to spend their free time. Mine are perfectly content to stare out the window for hours on end, pondering the great mysteries of life. Things like “Is that a bird?” “Is that a different bird?” “If I fall asleep right now, how many bird sightings will I miss?” and so on. These wise philosophers may just hold the key to eternal happiness (Naps + TV, who’s with me?).
4. A Sleeping Cat is the Best Thing Ever (and These Guys Can SLEEP)
If you haven’t spent some quality time enjoying the zen experience of observing cats as they sleep, you are totally missing out. Senior cats sleep much more than their younger counterparts, so the opportunities to have your day brightened by the sight of your little nut asleep with his tongue hanging out of his mouth, or drooling, or in some crazy body position are increased exponentially. Being super old is hard work, and my cats certainly take the edge off by sleeping basically all the time.
5. The Things Older Cats Need are Easy to Give
Older folk can tend to be stuck in their ways—they like what they like, no need for the shiny or the new. So if you find that just perfectly them-shaped bed, you are pretty much all set. My cat Lyle is probably in his bed right now, he loves it so much. Seniors really don’t ask for a lot—they just need the food they like best, the scratches that make their eyes close up tight with utter joy, a nice clean litterbox, a comfy place to lie down, and you nearby so that they know they are home and safe. Easy peasy!
6. Senior Cats Make Awesome Pets for Seniors
Given their lower energy levels, relatively low maintenance care, and generally easy-going personalities, senior cats make outstanding pets. They are particularly suited to humans who enjoy the quiet life and are willing to give these special animals laid-back love and attention. They’re great companions for older individuals; anyone in need of a huge helping of love and devotion should rescue a senior cat! A kitten may be super cute, but the bond between a senior cat and its human is incredibly strong and they absolutely know that you are their family.
7. Seniors love with ALL their hearts
Senior cats often land in shelters after losing their home for some reason—a move, their older person transitioning into a care facility, you name it. These cats are used to having a person. If you are in the position to offer one of these special cats a forever home in their senior years, they will reward you with a heap of love like you have never experienced. Whatever you put into your relationship with a senior cat will come back ten-fold. Adopt an old Gus today!